I looooove roasted strawberries, love, love love. I also love rosewater, and lassi….so….this is pretty much the epicenter of love for me. Rich, decadent, luxurious silky love. I’m not a fan of overly sweet or salted lassis, nor do i like them to taste like i’m just drinking watered down yogurt, they should have a creamy body and slide across my tongue like velvet over smooth skin. This recipe does all that and more.
500g/.5L | 2 cups plain unsweetened yogurt of choice (dairy or non-dairy, NOT "greek style")
25g | 2 Tbsp granulated sugar (if you're using fresh or frozen berries, you may want to double this)
1.2g | 1/4 tsp fine salt
62g/60ml | 1/4 cup milk of choice
10g/ml | 2 tsp rosewater
+extra milk or water to thin if you like yours thinner
Pour into serving vessel of choice or just stick a straw in the blender
Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days
if you prefer more of a smoothie, you can always skip the milk and throw in some ice and blend it all up slushy style. go for it.
First you’re gonna need some roasted strawberries, and i just happen to have a recipe for that right here! It’s pretty easy, but it does take some time, you CAN just roast strawberries without macerating first (and most people do, but we aren’t most people ARE we? no) so try and not do that and try them my way instead, you will not regret it. You can use whatever non-greek style yogurt here you want, coconut, soy, almond, dairy….whatever your heart desires. I go for the full fat grass-fed stuff, and it’s what i would recommend if you’re dairy inclined. The milk can also be whatever you prefer, if you have some hazelnut milk on hand, that would be fantastic, otherwise any old milk will do (honestly there isn’t very much, you’re probably not gonna taste it above everything else.) Sugar can be a light regular old granulated sugar, or if you’re feeling really frisky, sub in something less refined, like a coconut sugar or even muscavado! [be crazy. make it your own. do you]. For your rosewater, just make sure it’s one meant for consumption, you can find this easily in most any market that sells indian and middle eastern foods, even a lot of well-stocked chain groceries have it now. The salt is totally optional, but i’d rather you not take the option of not using it. It seems weird maybe, but seriously, it helps intensify and meld the flavors, pulling the lassi to an almost savoriness like a (sweet) baked good. You should use it.
One last thing before we move onward, you CAN use just macerated strawberries, totally unadulterated fresh or frozen strawberries for this…..but it won’t be AS magical. It will still be darn good though, so go for it if you’re lacking roasted ones or need a lassi fix fast. [i’m judging you, but only a little]
You literally just blend the bejeebus out of everything and you’re done. Seriously. There’s nothing else. You can serve it straight up, on the rocks, you could probably toss some adult booster beverage additive (i’m talking alcohol) in when no ones is watching, and it stores for like two whole days in the fridge (the flavour is actually BETTER the second day)….but…if you have any of this leftover to store….well, i’m disappointed. very disappointed. we’ll talk about this later.
Go! Run! Roast! Blend! Enjoy!
(btw make sure your roasted berries are cool before making this, if you’ve just roasted them and are dying to make this, throw them in something shallow in the freezer to chill em)